Ramblings: Primary Assists Among Defensemen – Ristolainen, Ekblad, Carlson (Apr 5)

Ian Gooding

2020-04-05

US President Donald Trump met with the commissioners of the various sports leagues on Saturday, which of course included NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. Trump said he hopes that fans will be back in stadiums by August and September, and he believes that the NFL could start on time in September. All I can say is that I hope that's the case, but at this point we're probably talking about a very best-case scenario here.

While you are waiting for the leagues to start, why not take stock of your keeper league prospect situation. New writer Dave Hall has you covered with Draft Worthy Defenders in 2020 for The Journey. One of the d-men profiled was Devils prospect Ty Smith. If you follow the WHL or prospects in general, you may remember his hat trick and eight-point game in late February for the Spokane Chiefs. As I told Dave over email, I don't think it will be long before you'll see Smith running the New Jersey first-unit power play.


Continuing with my running theme of primary assists to secondary assists, today is about the leaders among defensemen for primary assists compared to secondary assists. As has been the case before, each player has to have a minimum of 20 total assists. These d-men are sorted by secondary assists per primary assists, so lower is better in terms of primary assists.

Name GP A A1 A2 A1-A2 A2/A1
RASMUS RISTOLAINEN 69 27 18 9 9 0.500
DMITRY ORLOV 69 23 15 8 7 0.533
 MATTIAS EKHOLM 68 25 16 9 7 0.563
AARON EKBLAD 67 36 23 13 10 0.565
JOHN CARLSON 69 60 38 22 16 0.579
 JOHN KLINGBERG